El Salvador Country-Wide Cervical Cancer Training

by Basic Health International Inc
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El Salvador Country-Wide Cervical Cancer Training
El Salvador Country-Wide Cervical Cancer Training
El Salvador Country-Wide Cervical Cancer Training
El Salvador Country-Wide Cervical Cancer Training
El Salvador Country-Wide Cervical Cancer Training
El Salvador Country-Wide Cervical Cancer Training
El Salvador Country-Wide Cervical Cancer Training
El Salvador Country-Wide Cervical Cancer Training
El Salvador Country-Wide Cervical Cancer Training

 

Greetings!  This month marks one year of COVID-19 disrupting healthcare systems and devastating families.  Your support in 2020 allowed our project in El Salvador to continue, and we have some wonderful highlights to share.

Last month, BHI Medical Director, Dr. Karla Alfaro, gave a live tour of the “El Dorado” health unit where BHI carries out cervical cancer research in Chalatenango, El Salvador. Dr. Alfaro provides an overview of screening and treatment work crucial to the elimination of cervical cancer, especially during COVID-19.  These studies directly benefit patients by giving them timely follow-ups, access to high-tech tests, and early cervical cancer prevention. Training of clinicians also takes place in health units like El Dorado.  We thank our partners who live-streamed this tour on World Cancer Day, February 4th.  Watch on link below!

Training with COVID-19 precautions in place has allowed BHI to get back to screening and treating women in some of the most rural portions of El Salvador.  Please take a few moments to thank yourself for the good you are doing by supporting this project.  Check out the attached photos taken last week!

Many thanks.  Be well,

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Thank you for continuing to support BHI’s impactful work during this difficult time. Cervical cancer is still a significant disease in El Salvador, and, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our work was temporarily redirected to help stabilize healthcare during the initial crisis. 

While the COVID pandemic halted El Salvador’s Cervical Cancer Prevention HPV-based screen-and-treat program; local stakeholders adopted new strategies to resume patient care. Rather than attend a central training, each group underwent theoretical training in socially-distanced rooms. Program activities will begin in November. Patient screening resumed in October, but at a slower pace of 10 patients per day rather than 20.

This is all very timely as the World Health Organization (WHO) is officially launching the Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer on November 17th. BHI is proud to be part of the official launch. Please mark your calendars, wear teal in support of survivors, and follow our social media on this historic day.

We are all looking forward to ending 2020 on a high note. BHI will be participating in GlobalGiving’s Giving Tuesday on December 1st, and we hope you will join us in raising the remaining $17k needed to continue training health promoters, nurses and physicians in cervical cancer prevention. Together we can end cervical cancer.

 

Thank you,

Your friends at Basic Health International

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Since our last report, BHI has shifted our efforts in order to respond to the current global pandemic which has affected countless agencies and non-profit healthcare providers. Before COVID, we were training El Salvadoran clinicians to work in the rural areas where women are most vulnerable to dying of cervical cancer. As of late March our GlobalGiving project received over $6k of funding toward the $30k goal needed for the project’s cervical cancer training to screen 43,000+ women in the Central and Paracentral regions of El Salvador. Within days of our campaign to fund this effort, El Salvador went into government enforced lockdown and is just now making plans to emerge slowly from quarantine. 

The country has been hit hard by the pandemic. During quarantine BHI has been working on the front lines with the El Salvador Ministry of Health and other non-profit health agencies to manage the spread of the disease. BHI is currently focusing on providing COVID testing as we work to validate a rapid test that can be used in low resource settings. Our goal is to stabilize the country’s health so that we can return to cervical cancer screening. Until COVID recedes, cancer patients are at especially high risk.

BHI is using a rapid test in El Salvador to screen approximately 1,000 individuals to determine the test’s feasibility in a low resource area. BHI has the full cooperation of the Ministry of Health in El Salvador. The immediate impact of this study will be to move on to widespread population testing, making it safer to resume cancer care and screening. Lab infrastructures created during our COVID work will have long term impact beyond the pandemic when it can be used for the detection of  HPV, HIV, and many other diseases.

Thank you for continuing to support BHI’s impactful research. Cervical cancer is still a very significant disease in El Salvador, and we are working to raise the remaining $24k to continue training health promoters, nurses and physicians in cervical cancer prevention. We will screen and treat 43k+ women as soon as it is safe enough to do so, donations toward this effort are still necessary and important - please continue to give.

We ask that you follow your local COVID-19 guidelines and stay well,  

Your friends at Basic Health International

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Health promoters are community educators working country-wide for the Ministry of Health of El Salvador (MINSAL). Basic Health International (BHI) provides extensive training to health promoters working to prevent cervical cancer. Health promoters actively help us reach women in low-resource communities with limited access to screening and treatment.

Dinora, 36yr, is a health promoter for the San Pedro Purulapan sector in the department of Cuscatlan, El Salvador. As a schoolgirl, Dinora loved community service and supported a project for the Hospital of Suchitoto. This experience contributed to her career choice as a health promoter. To achieve this, Dinora studied for her bacheor’s degree and then received 6 months of healthcare promotor training given by the Ministry of Health of El Salvador (MINSAL). Health promoters must keep their knowledge current by attending workshops and further training.

Dinora loves interacting with people and creating behavioral changes for a healthier community.

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Basic Health International Inc

Location: Pittsburgh, PA - USA
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Kate Colligan
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